Where will the Carling Cup be residing when the final whistle blows at Wembley? Villa Park or Old Trafford?
Aston Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov is fit after a virus and should start Sunday’s Carling Cup final, while James Collins and Emile Heskey could also return.
Reserve keeper Brad Guzan has played in all of Villa’s previous Carling Cup ties this season but may lose his place to the more experienced Brad Friedel.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is out with a back injury.
The Red Devils are also without Ryan Giggs (arm) and Anderson (knee), while Nani completes a three-game ban.
Injured: Harewood (foot), Reo-Coker (ankle)
Suspended: Nani (one match)
Injured: Anderson & Hargreaves (knee), Ferdinand (back), Giggs (arm), O’Shea (thigh) (BBC Sport)
Yes its the first showpiece final of the season and whilst it is the ‘lesser’ cup competition this years Carling Cup Final promises to be an entertaining one. Yes Aston Villa are clearly the underdogs coming into today’s final they are also on a hot streak of form and are unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions and could capture their first piece of silverware since 1996.
Manchester United have a host of players out injured but will still be hot favourites to triumph at Wembley and with the on fire Wayne Rooney on show the Villa defence will have its work cut out.
My Bet of the Day would be on the game yielding a few goals as both side looks to unlock their opposition defences. You can get odds of 19/20 on their being 3 or more goals at Betfair and that sounds like a decent, if unspectacular bet. How about Wayne Rooney to score a hat-trick at 16/1?
My Prediction: United to win 2-1 after extra time.